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Boy SoldierBoy Soldier
Arylic on Canvas

Notes to Boy Soldier:

The boy is young, far too young to know what war is. He has no shirt on so it is probably a warm day and he could be playing outside but he prefers to play at the computer. On the bunk behind him his sister sits playing with her dolls.

The boy's pale skin is unprotected and the title of the painting highlights his vulnerability.

Our televisions make it difficult for us to escape war imagery and I suspect many of us block it out because we feel so powerless to change it. When we read the title of this rather innocuous painting, the imagery we seek to suppress suddenly assails us. Our hearts sink. We think of the military-industrial complex and its slick promotions. We hope that this child's wars are only ever on the computer.

Elizabeth Gordon-Werner

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